Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Shop looks good

3News -Shoots video segment in Bungalow Bills, The Shop Looks GOOD

Bridget Saunders reviews strange Kiwi musical moments video
The odd, the bizarre, the weird, and the just plain strange. ...
currently playing.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Back @ Blog.

Well after a long absence from the blog, it's time to drop a few lines.
Just got back from overseas, visiting my daughter in London and a great look round
Abbey Road studio which I have always wanted to do since the 60s. It was still as it looks in the pics, hasn't changed apart from the gear. The old desks etc were lining the hallways and looked pristine. I looked around the whole three floors and was in awe that this was the home of the Fabs, but the whole visit was topped off with a cuppa and biscuit in the canteen. Yes, I'm a happy man and still a bit Gob smacked.
Meanwhile, back in NZ, in The Lab this Vodaphone ad was being made. Check it out. The making of the latest vodaphone with our very own Jol Mulholland engineer, musician and all round great guy.
it's tech cool.

Monday, May 25, 2009

NZ Guitar Record

Mal,Bungalow Bill & Mr Glyn 3 of 830 guitar players.
Sunday 24/5/09 Sky City 11am with 830 guitar players thrashing out "Why Does Love do this to me" equals a lot of fun and a real good feeling.
Everybody who went had a blast no serious thoughts just pure no bullshit fun.

Bill Bungalow

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Ukeleles are Ridiculously Cool

UKE'S are huge, George Harrison once said he loved anyone who played a ukelele because
it was so much fun. He always traveled with two ukelele's so that if he met anyone they could jam with him. Jimmy Nail the English actor was blown away when on holiday somewhere hot, he bumped into George who offered him a uke and a jam, whoa, Beatle George man, how cool would that have been. Anybody, I mean Anybody, can play basic chords on a uke it always makes you want to smile or laugh. A uke is ridiculous and that's why it is some much fun.

Seeya somewhere warm


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Vintage into Digital & back into Anolog

Dave Stuart of Dexters pedal mods,came into the shop last week and apart from him and i talking bollicks and having a great exchange of (crack)talking, we had a bit of laughed (he a really is great guy)Dave ask who doe's your web site (, my answer was me Dave,but a few years ago you could'nt turn a computer on!(me) i know Dave but i could not afford to pay anybody to do it.
Well Dave gave me a great quote, Bill you have turned "Digital in to Anolog"how good is that!
So it just goes show if you don't know what your doing for the most you can still achieve what you set out to DO.
Keep the experts away as long as possible

i will sign off now as the computer valves are over heating
Bill Bungalow

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Auckland we are 4th

Well worth while project for Cure Kids. And it shows that we (Auckland ) can laugh at ourselves with a worth while cause, i love it.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Every now then

Every now and then something really great/buzzy happens out of the blue. I go about doing what I do best, selling guitars, amps etc, exchanging tales, stories and experiences with customers who have become shop friends. Mike Ashby is a great shop friend who has always been supportive of Bungalow Bills, and has written an article in his Coaching Mag (see below). Thanks Mike you made me speechless and anyone who knows me would say "Thats Impossible'!
Bill Bungalow

Dr Mike Ashby
Copyright 2009 Mike Ashby
National Business Coaching
Tel: 09 529 2885

Times like these call for new approaches. The good news is that what you do now can lay the foundations for a much better business in future years. In fact, in lots of ways, you'll never have a better opportunity to shape your business the way you want it. But you’ve got to move way out of your comfort zone.

Constructive Dissatisfaction

There is a point at which we get so frustrated with our inability to make progress that we actually do something about it!

The recession is getting many of us to that point of frustration quicker than we might like. We realise that we can’t keep going the way we've been going.

Constructive dissatisfaction is different from just being unhappy with results. First described at UPS, it implies an awareness that the way things are is not the way you want them to be. Many people go through life and business without that awareness, which means they don’t ever feel the need to improve.
The real value of constructive dissatisfaction is that it moves us into action mode. My friend Bill Latimer has owned Bungalow Bill's music shop for an undisclosed number of years. It's a great shop, as full of character as Bill himself. He's got a great brand and a loyal following , and his is unlike any other guitar shop you'll see. He appeals to serious guitarists who are prepared to cut back on non-essentials like food in order to finance a really good guitar.

Over the years Bill has tried a few different things, but he reached the point last year where he decided he needed to make some fundamental changes. He got a new line of guitars as his core product, read a couple of good business books that got him thinking differently, did a bit of email marketing. There were some things he wouldn't do. He wasn't all that comfortable with the marketing side-he's too nice a guy to make a big deal of the heavyweight musicians who make a special pilgrimage to his shop.

So he pushed himself in a different direction and did two things:
· He spent a lot of time getting to grips with new media, and after 12 months has got his website looking very cool. It's generating a lot of leads, and he's getting more people in his shop
· He wrote out some cards and put them next to each guitar, telling a little story, in his own inimitable fashion, about the guitar
Business is up 30% on last year. And it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
Let your dissatisfaction push you over the wall of your fears, your procrastination and all your what-iffing. There is no way out but over that wall. You’ll feel better for taking action, and who knows, it might be so crazy it actually works!
Action Exercise:
If you want to get better results with less effort, harness your dissatisfaction. Let it drive you to:
· Look at things you haven't seen
Go places you haven't been
Do things you haven't done
“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do” John Ruskin

Saturday, February 14, 2009

It's all about people

It's great to have passion about what your doing and to have a load of laughs when in the business of Rock & Roll. Dealing with like minded people for the most, with guitars, the sounds you can create out of them, the amazing shapes and colours of playable art. Invest right and you will always break even or get a better than purchase return. But more than that the guitar becomes an extension of your sole and personality, some say its as intimate as you can get without risking divorce!

And the point is, I did not invest in bits of paper! Building money on nothing (somebody is always gonna lose on bits of paper) It's just not tangible, so I manage to keep my shop ticking over with your help (thanks customers) and I could not be more grateful for investing my love and passion for guitars and music. Ekking a living in a very interesting time in history, I always reckon its
all about people and connecting, sharing a few stories and making people feel good and enjoying your job It's Rock & Roll.

Also check out Real Groove Oct/Nov 2008, they did an article on my years of running my studio The Lab which started twenty five years ago,